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The intracellular distribution of chloroplasts in the mesophyll was studied in leaves taken from seven plant species from different groups: the evergreen sclerophylls Olea europaea and Nerium oleander; the drought semideciduous and seasonally dimorphic shrub Coridothymus capitatus; the winter deciduous Capparis spinosa, which grows entirely during summer; and the cultivated species Hordeum vulgare, Vigna unguiculata, and Citrus aurantium. In all leaves and mesophyll types, chloroplasts were found to line the parts of the walls exposed to the internal leaf atmosphere. The arrangement of the chloroplasts adjacent to intercellular air spaces might be a universal phenomenon facilitating the inward diffusion of CO2.

Affiliations: 1: Institute of General Botany, University of Athens


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